Brandon Kyle Goodman and Traci Thomas for YOU GOTTA BE YOU
Loyalty is delighted to welcome Brandon Kyle Goodman and Traci Thomas of The Stacks for a virtual event celebrating You Gotta Be You! This event will be held digitally via Crowdcast. Click here to register for the event with a donation of any amount of your choice. You can also order the book below to be automatically added to the event's registration list. **Preorder your copy of You Gotta Be You from Loyalty to receive a signed bookplate (while supplies last)!** Donations will go to the Trans Women of Color Collective. There will also be an option to snag the book during the event.
ABOUT THE BOOK
YOU ARE ENOUGH EXACTLY AS YOU ARE.
From the time we’re born, a litany of do’s and don’ts are placed on us by our families, our communities, and society. We’re required to fit into boxes based on our race, gender, sexuality, and other parts of our identities, being told by others how we should behave, who we should date, or what we should be interested in. For so many of us, those boxes begin to feel like shackles when we realize they don’t fit our unique shape, yet we keep trying because we crave acceptance and validation. But is “fitting in” worth the time, energy, and suffering? Actor, writer, and activist Brandon Kyle Goodman says, Hell no it ain’t!
As a Black nonbinary, queer person in a dark-skinned 6’1”, 180-pound male body born into a religious immigrant household, Brandon knows the pain of having to hide one’s true self, the work of learning to love that true self, and the freedom of finally being your true self.
In You Gotta Be You, Brandon affectionately challenges you to consider, “Who would I be if society never got its hands on me?” This question set Brandon on a mission to dropkick societal shackles by unlearning all the things he was told he should be in order to step into who he really is. It required him to reexamine messy but ultimately defining moments in his life—his first time being followed in a store, navigating his mother’s born-again Christianity, and regretfully using soap as lube (yes, you read that right!)—to find the lessons that would guide him to his most authentic self.
Compassionate and soulful, funny and revealing, You Gotta Be You is an unapologetic call to self-freedom. It’s about turning rejection (from others and yourself) into a roadmap to self-love. It’s a guide to setting boundaries and fostering self-growth. And most importantly, it’s an affirmation that we are enough exactly as we are.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brandon Kyle Goodman (he/they) is an actor, writer, and activist. He’s best known for his roles on Netflix’s smash-hit animated comedy series Big Mouth and its spin-off Human Resources, Amazon’s Modern Love, Hulu’s Plus One, and Netflix’s Feel the Beat. Goodman has been featured in the New York Times, Esquire, Well+Good,Out, Bustle, Buzzfeed, and many more.
ABOUT THE IN CONVERSATION PARTNER
Traci Thomas is an avid reader and book lover who created the acclaimed podcast, The Stacks, in order to talk about books and the ways they shape our cultural understanding of race, gender, politics, and what it means to be alive. Weekly guests range from academic thought leaders to bestselling authors, from actors to politicians and more; you'll find Ibram X. Kendi, Angelina Jolie, Brit Bennett, Desus and Mero, Quentin Tarantino, and many more on The Stacks. Traci also writes a monthly bookish advice column on Shereads.com. Traci lives in LA with her husband aka Mr. Stacks, and her twins, the Mini Stacks. You can find her on Instagram @thestackspod.
Please note Loyalty has a zero tolerance policy for harassment or intimidation of any kind during this virtual event.